Handwara: Government forces comprising 21st battalion of army’s counterinsurgency force, Rashtriya Rifles, and the Special Operations Group of police claimed on Sunday that they killed three militants during an operation in a forest of Handwara area in Kupwara district.
Since the area is remote and civilians have no access to them, it is difficult to have an independent confirmation of what happens during such operations. Therefore, army and police are the only sources of information in such cases.
North Kashmir deputy inspector general of police Gareeb Das said the army and the SOG had specific information about the presence of three Lashkar-e-Taiba militants who had been hiding in Khurhama forest range, about
20km from Handwara town, for a long time.
“Both launched the operation on Saturday evening. We also recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition from the site,” Das said.
It was learnt that a militant was killed while a soldier of army’s 6 Para, DS Mehra, was injured during a gunfight on Saturday night.
None of the militants have been identified yet.
The forces had suspended the operation during the night. At about 2am, the two other militants were killed while attempting to escape the soldiers’ cordon, an army officer said.